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Company Puts Lens-Grinding Know-How Into Shaft Grinder

After several months of publicity before the International Manufacturing Technology Show, France-based industrial giant Fives officially unveiled its Landis Twin Turret (LTT) grinding machine at the trade fair in Chicago earlier this month. Jointly manufactured in the United Kingdom and the United States by Fives' Landis business unit, the LTT grinder is engineered for production of shaft-type...

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Seen at IMTS: Universal Gripper Simplifies Robotic Part Removal

Robotic automation is becoming essential to machining operations for the benefits it provides in productivity, quality, and economy. At last week's International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) robots were everywhere - not only in the booths of automation suppliers but on display alongside machining systems and other production equipment. They were certainly more numerous than at the last...

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IMTS Must-Sees: Robots, Data Visualization, and Hybrid Manufacturing

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is fully underway in Chicago, and a few trends have surfaced at the show that will affect the machining business. Here are some of the most notable ones, which ThomasNet News will cover in more detail here in the near future. IMTS began at McCormick Place on Sept. 8 and will conclude on Sept. 13.   Trend No. 1: Data Interpretation...

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At IMTS, Keep Automation in Mind as a Shop Strategy

The start of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago is only days away. Attendees who plan to be at McCormick Place anytime between Sept. 8 and 13 are finalizing lists of which exhibitors, conferences, and events they need to see. In a trade show that takes up all four buildings of McCormick Place, it's easy to overlook opportunities to learn about new technologies,...

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AMT Looks to Raise MTConnect Data Standard at IMTS

One technology the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) wants attendees at the upcoming International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) to learn about is MTConnect, an open-source, royalty-free communication standard designed to collect production data from equipment, devices, and controls and convert it to a universal format for sharing and analysis to improve their utilization....

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Cutting Tool Sales Surge, But Will Momentum Continue?

Economic data appear to be trending up for U.S. machine shops and equipment OEMs. According to cutting tool sales figures from June, consumption of the consumables increased by $181 million, the strongest monthly showing this year. This figure represents a 7.3 percent jump from May and a 9.9 percent rise from June 2013. Cutting tools are regarded as primary consumables in U.S....

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Mazak Readies New Machines, Automation for IMTS

With the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) only weeks away, more exhibitors are revealing the machines, technologies, and services they will be featuring at McCormick Place in Chicago, Sept. 8-13. One major display will be offered by machining systems maker Mazak Corp., of Florence, Ky. Mazak plans to exhibit 21 machining systems under power, including a number of new models. It...

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On the Road: New England CNC Keeps its Eye on the Future

In the 54 years it has been in business, New England CNC has overcome many challenges. Nowadays, despite the rise of reshoring, the movement of manufacturing offshore, along with its effect on business and pricing. is still one of the major issues with which the small machine shop has to contend. The co-owners of the machining company in Hamden, Conn., Lawrence Carrignan, president, and Ron...

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On the Road: Small Shop Has Overcome Big Challenges for 50-Plus Years

Small machine shops that have been in business for more than a half-century are rare. Nevertheless, they are vibrant examples of the hands-on skills, innovation, and work ethic that fuel the vision of entrepreneurs and manufacturing businesspeople. One such business is in Hamden, Conn., on a tiny side street. New England CNC Inc. has been in business at this location since 1960. In the past 54...

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IMTS Parts Are as Valuable as the Whole Show

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is a big event made up of many individual parts, which, themselves, are equally worth the cost of admission. The notable components of the biennial IMTS this year, Sept. 8-13 in Chicago, are the Trends in Advanced Machining, Manufacturing and Materials (TRAM) conference, the division of the show into nine product-specific pavilions, a major...

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